8/12/14

Today consisted of many types of conversations. We talked about what some challenges of the programs were, what we brought to the table, and got to meet with UM faculty and research students. It was refreshing to reflect on this past summer and give helpful feedback to Diana and Tony. To finish off the day, most of team Z went to Mall of America for shopping. Others had the opportunity to go to the race track instead.

-Ricardo Munoz

Saturday Shopping

Today I spent time with my friends in the city. This morning we had breakfast. I had some time to work a little bit on my paper. Then we drove to St. Cloud to shop. The mall in St. Cloud is real nice. I opted out of the trip on the research vessel, because I made friends to go to go out their farm in Annadale to see a concert on Sunday. We are going to see Charlie Parr. While I’m here I’m trying to work on our paper to be turned in tomorrow at 11am. Im excited for next week and to see everybody at the all team gathering. Sorry but I’m not going to make it to the picnic on Sunday.

The Good, the Bad and the Posters

Today we created works of art. Team Zaaga’igan printed out our posters and marveled at the finished products of hours of hard work. It definitely is an artistic skill to make a research poster. I feel like my partner, Ida, has the skills necessary to make a poster look great, I just have the stubbornness to not stop until it’s done. All in all, nothing compares to the feeling of seeing a 3×4 work of art that you worked so hard on all summer represented by a single pdf document.

This marks the second to last week of our internship and the last few days leading up to the date that our final products are due. We have been feverishly writing and rewriting abstracts, sending e-mails up to the deadline of abstract submissions for upcoming conferences and having our words critiqued over and over again. It’s all worth it in the end when you’re standing up there answering questions about complex research feeling like a rockstar when people respond to your poster with oohs and aaahs. I think one of the aspects of internships like this that bond students together is the common struggle of arriving feeling like you’re in over your head and leaving feeling like you potentially could be the next expert in the field. (May be slightly over exaggerated.)

Ida and Ma'Ko'Quah get some last critiques from mentor Chad Yost on their research poster.

Ida and Ma’Ko’Quah get some last critiques from mentor Chad Yost on their research poster.

Jordan and Jesse bask in the after printed poster glow.

Jordan and Jesse bask in the after printed poster glow.

Friday 8/01/2014

  1. This was a bittersweet day as we said goodbye to Tom, Charlie and Cord from Fond du Lac Resource Management and prepared for our trip to Minneapolis. Our morning consisted of driving out to the lakes we have been researching and seeing for ourselves the transformation the lakes have undergone with the wild rice growth. They really do look like hay fields instead of lakes. After lunch we sat down with Tom Howes and he answered any remaining questions we had. After saying our goodbyes we headed back to Forestry for some more writing and packing up the cabin.

8/6/2014 – Team SPAW

Team SPAW is done!!! It’s been a crazy few days of madly trying to finish up our papers and posters, complete with references and photos. But today the posters were printed and laid out to dry, and at 5pm the finishing touches were put on the last reports. A collective sigh of relief was breathed by all. To celebrate, we had a great dinner of moose, elk, and bison steaks, rounded out by tapioca pudding and red velvet brownies for dessert.

yum!

yum!

We’re super excited for our road trip to Glacier National Park tomorrow, and after that it’ll be time to pack up for Minnesota! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Monday 4 August, 2014 Team Zaaga’igan

Monday we moved out of our cozy cabin in the woods at the Forestry Center and into our dorms in Minneapolis. I found it kind of sad, us leaving our temporary homes for new ones, but I really do like our digs in the city. We have access to a lot more here, like Dinky Town and such. Ricky, Jesse and I walked into Dinky and had a late lunch then went back to our rooms. I’m looking forward to our last week when we get to spend time with the other teams and do some fun stuff together.